Electronic medical records (EMR)/electronic health records (EHR) enable medical practitioners to automate manual tasks and systematize the daily operations of their facility. The benefits of implementing EMR/EHR software will pay off in the long term if you select the right option. However, selecting the right EMR solution out of hundreds of options is a tough task even for an experienced buyer. We’ve created this buyer guide to help you understand the common features, benefits and market trends of pain management software.
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Leading pain management software electronic medical record (EMR)/electronic health record (EHR) systems will provide templates for the common complaints and procedures seen by pain management specialists. They will also allow for medication tracking, interactive diagrams and regular/recurring visits to facilitate the workflow at a clinic. As a small niche specialty, there aren’t any EHR vendors that focus exclusively on pain management.
|Pain management workflow||Clinics work in conjunction with—or based on the referral of—physicians in other specialties, so it’s important to select an EMR solution that integrates these referrals into your workflow. Your EMR should be able to interpret scanned documents, faxes, or PDF files and/or plug directly into EMRs from other physicians, allowing you to quickly and easily transfer information to and from your associates.|
|Pain management templates||Specialty EMRs contain SOAP notes templates specific to the medical specialty. For pain management, these templates might include fluoroscopy, arthritis, sciatica, lumbar puncture, anesthesiology, epidural, intrathecal catheter, spondylolisthesis, bursa injections, ganglion blocks, joint-specific pain (neck, back, elbow, hip, jaw etc.), opioid trials, infusion pump replacements, botulinum injection and many more.|
|Pre-operative and post-operative care/support||Ensure easy documentation of pre- and post-operative care with templates that streamline the workflow for surgical patients.|
|Prescription order tracking||Ensure that your EMR solutions has a pain management drug database that integrates seamlessly with the physician’s workflow, allowing the caregiver to prescribe medications, track refills, send secure prescriptions of narcotics or other pain medications and access suggested medications from the SOAP notes.|
|Lab result & device integration||Many systems integrate directly into operating room vitals monitoring machines, allowing the physician to track patient progress during surgery. In addition, these programs should allow for easy importing of results from laboratory, radiology and other diagnostic tests, reducing the need for manually importing data.|
|Interactive diagrams||For specialists, identifying the nature and location of the pain is the most important—and sometimes challenging—part of the process. A pain management EMR should include interactive diagrams for documenting pain locations, which then tie directly to the patient record and even support the diagnostics.|
|Pain management billing & reporting||A specialty EMR will include pain management-specific ICD-9, CPT and HCPC Codes. Advanced systems can automatically generate those codes based on lab or radiology procedures and information captured in the SOAP notes. They can even scrub the claims, ensuring accuracy in billing and expediting the payment process.|
Speciality-specific EMR solutions pair general EMR benefits with their specialty-specific benefits. This reduces the complexities of running a pain management practice and streamlines workflows for the support staff. Pain management EMR solutions offer several benefits, some of which are listed below:
Provides custom templates: Pain management EMR solutions provide customizable templates that enable doctors and practitioners to make charts during patient visits in real time. Some commonly used templates include pain screening, injections, general pain, headaches and more.
Offers pain management forms: Pain management medical software offers various pain management forms that are specific to various specialties and activities. They are designed to assist doctors and practitioners with better managing their patients. Some pain management forms include those for physical examination, systems review, intake of patients, abdominal pain, work status report and accidental injury.
Provides graphics database: Some solutions offer interactive diagrams and other types of graphics that allow the recording of pain in different areas of the body. These graphics better represent data for doctors and are easier to understand for patients. Some systems allow doctors to add self-made diagrams and drawings to their patients’ charts.
Offers financial benefits: Pain management medical software helps doctors and specialists reduce expenses by enabling increases in productivity through the automation of processes such as creating reports and pulling or filing charts.
The above mentioned benefits allow pain management physicians to provide a wide range of treatment plans to help ease patients’ pain.
The medical software market is evolving, with practitioners seeking out new functionalities that effectively meet patient requirements. Also, software vendors are analyzing different ways to help practitioners meet challenges and provide solutions that offer additional capabilities. Buyers should consider the following market trends as they choose a software provider:
Increased adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS): Software buyers are gradually adopting the SaaS pricing model to enhance digital infrastructure’s flexibility and reduce capital expenditure. Software vendors have responded to this trend swiftly by increasing offerings of cloud-based solutions. Some advanced solutions are quick to implement and require no installation, as all you need is an internet connection. However, subscription-based solutions prove to be more expensive in the long term, compared with one-time license fees.
Access from mobile devices: Practitioners and patients are embracing mobile devices to access software applications on-the-go. This reduces response time and increases convenience. In addition, access from mobile devices enables a bring your own device (BYOD) practice that enhances the medical staff’s flexibility. Furthermore, vendors are offering mobile applications to medical software buyers constituting similar features to the device, such as, setting appointments, using e-prescription and generating digital lab reports.
Demand for self-service portals by patients: Patients prefer to use the patient portal to check their lab reports, medical history and prescriptions whenever they want. In addition, patients prefer to schedule appointments and pay fees online as it is convenient and increases patient engagement.
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